Caravan sites must be licensed under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.
Camping sites require a different type of licence issued under the Public Health Act 1936 (even if you hold a Caravan Site Licence). Applications for site licences are made to the local authority in whose area the land situated. Applications must be in writing, should detail the land the application concerns, must include all planning permissions and any other information required by the local authority.
You don't need a licence to run a caravan site for:
However, if you wish to change the use of the land to a permanent caravan site use you must have planning permission before a licence can be issued.
The site will be licensed in accordance with the use determined by your planning permission.
The site may be given permission to be used as a holiday site for static vans, touring caravans, possibly including some residential use. It is not uncommon to find mixed use on a site.
The council may put conditions on the licence including:
You may be able to appeal to the Council or a local magistrate's court if you disagree with any conditions. The council may change licence conditions at any time but they will discuss any changes with you.
You must have planning permission for the caravan site before you apply for a licence.
You may have to pay a fee for a licence related to "protected sites".
Your licence will last as long as your planning permission for the caravan site.
Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.
You may be fined up to £2,500 if you:
Your licence may be withdrawn if you repeatedly break your licence conditions.